I found an old cabinet on the side of the road and thought it would be perfect for an upcycle project! It was a sturdy dark wood Laura Ashley Sideboard which had seen better days. When Annie Sloan contacted me about making a project using their products, I immediately thought of their faux bone inlay template which I’ve been meaning to try for some time.
Chalk paint does not require any prep which is great if you want to get started on your project straight away! I simply wiped off any dust then used Florence chalk paint all over the cabinet and drawers for a strong pop of vibrant turquoise. I only needed to apply 1-2 coats to cover the cabinet then once it was dry I started stencilling.
The stencil comes in three parts in sturdy plastic. I decided to cut it into sections with each design and mirrored some of them to get a symmetrical design. It did require a bit of planning to place the designs but it was very simple and much quicker than I had expected. Its important to wipe down the stencils in between sections to avoid getting paint onto your cabinet but small touch ups were easy to do afterwards.
The finished result gives new life to this unloved piece of furniture and looks very authentic! You can use Annie Sloan lacquer or varnish to protect the furniture afterwards. There is also a pearlescent glaze finish which is designed to give a shimmering finish to the surface which would also work well with the bone inlay style.
Have you tried Annie Sloan paint yet? I’ve used it multiple times to upcycle cabinets, tables, chests of drawers and even on a chandelier! You can see a reel of the transformation in the link below.